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Farm Report: Rough Start for Moose

One win in first four games not the start the farm team was looking for.

Manitoba Moose Head Coach Pascal Vincent looks on during game action between the Moose and the Toronto Marlies at Bell MTS Place on October 11, 2019.
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Manitoba Moose 2019-20
1-3-0-0 2 points (.250), 7th in Central Division, 13th Western Conference
Goals for per game: 2.00 (29th)
Goals against per game: 3.00 (19th)
Powerplay: 0-of-12, 0.0% (27th)
Penalty kill: 12-of-13, 92.3% (10th)

Top 3 Goals:
2 - Logan Shaw
1 - Six Players

Top 3 Assists:
2 - Sami Niku, Shaw
1 - Seven Players

Top 3 Points:
4 - Shaw
2 - Seth Griffith, Jansen Harkins, Logan Stanley, Niku

Mikhail Berdin - 1-2-0, .908 Sv %, 2.71 GAA, 0 shutouts
Adam Carlson - 0-1-0, .879 Sv %, 4.00 GAA, 0 shutouts

In a similar style to the 2018-19 season, the Manitoba Moose have stumbled out of the gate to open their new campaign, with just one win to go with three regulation losses in their opening four games.

With many familiar faces from last season’s late playoff push that saw the team come up just short despite playing very well after the Christmas break, it seemed as though it should be easy enough to keep the chemistry and good play alive into this season, but that hasn’t been the case thus far.

Similar to last year, it is the offence that has left much to be desired, with eight goals in their four games, and five of those coming in one outing, the team is averaging two goals a night, while allowing an average of three. While Logan Shaw is doing his usual part with four points in four games, players that were expected to contribute like Kristian Vesalainen and C.J. Suess have not yet met expectations.

That elusive first point lays just out of reach for Kristian Vesalainen
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Despite seven shots on net, Vesalainen is without a point through four games, as are C.J. Suess and J.C. Lipon, who lined up alongside the Finn on the top line on Saturday night.

The power play has also been dismal, as the Moose have yet to score with the extra man in 12 chances so far this season. In fact, they have more goals shorthanded (one) than they do with the extra player.

Leon Gawanke got an assist, his first pro point, in the only game he has played this season. Pascal Vincent has elected to go with veterans Jimmy Oligny and Peter Stoykewych while Gawanke, Luke Green and Johnny Kovacevic sit out.

Mikhail Berdin, now without the competition of Eric Comrie, had a decet season debut, turning aside 33 of 35 in a losing effort, but allowed three goals a piece in his next two showings, which dipped his save percentage down to .908. Adam Carlson played in a losing effort on Saturday night. Carlson joined the Moose this off-season from the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL.

The Moose next play in a pair of home games against the Iowa Wild this weekend, on Friday and Saturday evenings. The team may be without Sami Niku, who was held out of the lineup on Saturday with a lower body injury. Niku has two assists in three games played for the Moose this season.

Moose Lines on October 12, 2019


Kristian Vesalainen / C.J. Suess / J.C. Lipon

Logan Shaw / Michael Spacek / Seth Griffith

Skyler McKenzie / Jansen Harkins / Kristian Reichel

Joona Luoto / Cole Maier / Andrei Chibisov


Logan Stanley / Nelson Nogier

Cameron Schilling / Johnathan Kovacevic

Jimmy Oligny / Peter Stoykewych


Adam Carlson

Mikhail Berdin

Last Four Game Scores (Outscored by Opponents 12-8)

Friday, October 4
1 Manitoba Moose @
2 Stan Antonio Rampage

Moose Goal: Schilling (1)
Goalie: Berdin 33/35

Saturday, October 5
5 Manitoba Moose @
3 Texas Stars

Moose Goals: Harkins (1), Shaw (1), Stanley (1), McKenzie (1), Griffith (1)
Goalie: Berdin 26/29

Friday, October 11
2 Manitoba Moose vs
3 Toronto Marlies

Moose Goals: Chibisov (1), Shaw (2)
Goalie: Berdin 20/23

Saturday, October 12
0 Manitoba Moose vs
4 Toronto Marlies

Moose Goals: None
Goalie: Carlson 29/33